This anniversary is stranger for me because of the effects of the last 6 months. It feels like another shift in our collective experience on a deep level from all the trauma we have been through.
However, I remember the horror of that day while I was sitting in a seminary classroom and the days and weeks that followed. The eerie silence from no airplanes in the sky and then equally unsettling sound of when they slowly resumed flying in our area.
I have met so many first responders who are battling cancer and have shared stories of coworkers who have lost their battle with cancer in the years since.
One of my friends said it so well. “We will never forget but I also hope we can REMEMBER how we came TOGETHER as a country and all the patriotism we felt in the aftermath because we need that today just like we did then.” (Emphasis mine)
The opposition against our country has grown and expanded, but our war is not with flesh and blood. As a Christian, there only has been and only will be ONE ENEMY.
CHRISTIANS, it’s time to STOP fighting EACH OTHER and UNITE against the TRUE ENEMY of humanity and fight the REAL BATTLE in PRAYER and through ACTS OF GENUINE LOVE toward ALL humanity that is only possible by the power of the Holy Spirit living in us.
Comfort and blessings on this land and all who are grieving and hurting extra on this anniversary.
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I was just surprised to see WordPress acknowledge my four year anniversary today. I vaguely remember when I felt A Secret Spring ‘drop into my spirit’ as I was meditating on Song of Songs.
I knew it was the name of my blog and the conception of something new for me. However, I could have never known the adventure that awaited me over the past 4 years and that I wouldn’t actually begin blogging until September 7, 2019.
The Lord knew. I had NO idea.
It was better that way, because I wouldn’t have wanted to know of the hardships that were coming.
I dealt with my crash/burnout when it came and my long 26 month recovery to regain healthy functioning.
I took one day at a time and sometimes only one minute at a time to get through. The Lord Jesus was faithful and continues to be faithful in my healing journey.
During my break from blogging the past few months, the Lord has been showing me some exciting things that I am currently working on and towards. It is exciting to be healthy enough to dream again and pursue my passions. I continue to discover, in more detail, what He put me on this planet to do.
I look forward to sharing it with you all as soon as possible. I’m guessing it could be as early as the end of September or the beginning of October.
I’ve learned to follow His leading and wait on His timing. Life works best this way! 😉
Thank you to everyone who takes the time to read my posts and support me on my journey. I really appreciate you!
My absence from blogging over the past few months was necessary to process all that has been going on in the world since May. I needed to stay focused on Jesus through prayerful journaling and reflection.
I don’t know about you, but I have come to realize that my previous understanding of the Lordship of Jesus Christ was shallow. These last few months have challenged me on so many levels regarding my relationship with God the Father, Jesus and Holy Spirit.
I thought I had surrendered to the Lordship of Jesus in my life, but I think I am just beginning to step into this way of living with deeper understanding.
Up until this point, it has been all about me and what I wanted and thought was best, yet I thought I was truly living for Him. Careful reflection and gentle correction has invited me to more.
The more is to follow in the example set by Jesus, Himself, in submitting to the will of the Father in every situation. I want to live my life as a love offering full of gratitude for all the Lord has done and continues to do in my life.
There is such joy in living for His honor and pleasure even during the hardest of days, because He is with Me and His Presence and love is enough. Sure I still get discouraged and have hard days.
However, it takes the simplest acknowledgement that I am seen and understood by Him to melt my heart and soothe my angst. His Presence breathes life into me and once again fills me with hope.
I get to say ‘yes’ to Him and His will everyday and all throughout the day. I get to carry His Presence in my home with my family as we learn, in my neighborhood as we exercise, or at the store as we shop.
There is nothing glamorous about the mundane, but I am living more fully aware of the gift of being alive during this time in history. I really feel like the Lord is taking us deeper into His heart and purifying our love and devotion for Him so we can rise as His beautiful body here on earth.
The following song, “Lord of the Harvest,” has been on repeat since it was released a few weeks ago. Please take time to listen and engage with this 7 minute video (when you have time) and consider the words and the implication of your fresh ‘yes’ to Jesus who remains confidently on His throne.
It’s not very often that a show your family has been watching ends, and everyone looks at each other with surprise and disappointment that it is over! However, this has consistently been our experience as my family and I enjoyed all eight episodes of The Chosen.
WHAT IS THE CHOSEN?
“The Chosen is the first-ever-multi-season TV show about the life of Jesus. Created outside of the Hollywood system, The Chosen allows us to see Him through the eyes of those who knew him. No matter where you are at in your journey with Jesus Christ, this TV show is for you.” (This is quoted directly from The Chosen website.)
A friend recommended we check it out because of its high quality and inspiration. We wholeheartedly agree and can’t wait for season 2. In the meantime, we will rewatch it and enjoy all the special features that they keep adding.
WHAT MAKES THE CHOSEN SO SPECIAL?
The Chosen makes biblical characters come to life and very relatable. This is especially true of Jesus who is happy, funny and emotional just like us. He is so likable that you never want your time with Him to end. You enjoy His company on screen and something is awakened in you to want to get to know this Jesus better.
I have found myself returning to the Bible with a breath of fresh air and a renewed love of Jesus and scripture. Bible stories are coming to life before my eyes and characters like Mary Magdalene, Matthew, Nicodemus and the woman at the well are multidimensional and more than just names on a page. They had real struggles and brokenness and their lives were forever changed when they met Jesus and were transformed from the inside out.
Perhaps, like me, this is your testimony as well. The last 24 years of knowing and walking with Jesus have changed me. He has and continues to bring me deep healing and peace. I am more sure of His love and protection than at any other time. I relax in His presence and marvel at His goodness and mercy even in the midst of the hardest seasons of my life (so far). He has been faithful and will continue to BE FAITHFUL!
REVELATION OF SHELTER IN PLACE
Over this quarantine and shelter in place, I have felt the invitation of the Holy Spirit to go deeper and live more fully surrendered. I had unknowingly become complacent and half hearted in my routines and worship.
The Holy Spirit lovingly unveiled the true state of my heart in this season. I was convicted of my inability to truly worship Him in the quiet and mundane of this unique time. In the beginning, it was a challenge to truly worship and avoid being a spectator to our online church service.
In time with prayer, intentionality, and by the grace of God, I was able to get engaged and focused on Jesus alone. The simplest and purest form of worship began to bubble up from the deepest places in me. I didn’t need to be in a large room with a dynamic worship team, I just needed Jesus. It’s easy to say, but harder to live as my reality because I get distracted easier than I want to admit.
Don’t get me wrong, I am eagerly looking forward to the day when we can gather together again in person to worship as the family God. However, I want to emerge from this time more appreciative of His presence and the simplicity of keeping my heart towards Jesus and sensitive to the Holy Spirit.
I don’t want to take His presence for granted, or the presence of family and friends that I have only been able to connect with through a screen. I give thanks for technology, but may it never replace face to face chats and relationships with deep heart to heart connections.
Although the “shelter in place” order will eventually be lifted, I want to remain sheltered in Jesus as a way of life, my new normal, so I remain secure no matter what challenges may come my way.
I feel so strongly that the Lord is gathering His children like never before.
Perhaps you were raised in the faith, but life took some twists and turns and you don’t feel like God is really a part of your life right now. Or maybe you had a bad experience at church and you were deeply hurt by a pastor or by people, you thought you could trust, so you walked away.
Perhaps you have been faithfully walking through the motions of faith for decades, but you sense there is more to Jesus than you have experienced so far. You see others lost in worship and adoring Jesus and wonder why you don’t know how that feels.
I have good news for you if you fall into one of those categories or any other.
No matter what your story has been, and where you find yourself today, I believe the Holy Spirit, the power of the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ, is reaching out to YOU this day.
He is speaking the following words to YOU.
I’m standing at your door
My heart is calling yours
Come fall into my arms
You’re weary from it all
Been running for too long
I’m here to bring you home
I’m reaching out
I’ll chase you down
I dare you to believe
How much I love you now
Don’t be afraid
I am your strength
We’ll be walking on the water
Dancing on the waves
Look up and lift your eyes
The future’s open wide
I have great plans for you
Your past is dead and gone
Your healing has begun
I’m making all things new
I set every star into place
So that you would remember my name
I made it all for you
But you are my masterpiece
You are the reason I sing
This is my song for you
These are the lyrics to the powerful song, “Dancing on the Waves” by We the Kingdom and was recently released on the new Bethel Music Peace Album.
“I dare you to believe how much I love you now.“
I really believe that the Lord is challenging all of us, to really believe how much He loves us. He demonstrated His love by coming to earth to die for our sins. He suffered great beatings at the hands of Roman soldiers and then suffered the humiliation of death by crucifixion.
He experienced separation from God the Father for the first time in all eternity, all so we wouldn’t have to know separation from God anymore. He was buried in a tomb to the shock of all who knew and loved him.
On the third day He rose again, satisfying the payment of sin and death. He was the perfect Lamb, sinless in every way, yet He willingly suffered the punishment you and I deserved so that we could all be reunited as brothers and sisters in God’s family.
The Kingdom of God is family.
It’s time to come home. It’s time to receive His free gift of salvation and to realize all He has done for you. It’s time to know how loved you are, right now, just for being you. You don’t have to act a certain way or be a certain way. He wants you to be who He created you to be.
If you have said yes to Jesus and thanked Him for suffering and dying for you, and from this point on decide to live your life in gratitude to Him and to God the Father by following and obeying them; then you can receive the Holy Spirit as a downpayment to live inside of you. You are a new creation. You have been born of the Spirit and you are part of the family of God.
Welcome home brother or sister!
We have been waiting for you! We are so happy you are home! All of Heaven is rejoicing that you have been born again of the Spirit.
Please tell someone in your life that you have received Jesus and want to get to know Him better. Check out some churches online during this quarantine. Download the Bible App and start reading the Bible and some of the free devotionals that can be found there to help you grow. The Holy Spirit in you will teach and guide you to the right church and fellowship of brothers and sister where you can learn and grow and heal.
The rest of us are being invited to enter into a time of living fully as a child of God. It’s time for us to know our Heavenly Father and how good He really is like never before. It’s time to arise and shine as we allow the Holy Spirit to purify our hearts and lead us into intimacy and righteousness like never before.
Lord, cause us to hunger after You and your righteousness like never before! Help us to believe how loved we really are by You. By the power of Your Holy Spirit, help us to love one another well so that we may walk in unity so the unbelieving world will become convinced that you have sent [Jesus], for they will see that You love each one of them with the same passionate love that You have for [Jesus] (John 17:23-26)
Have a blessed weekend and receive all He has for you!